A 2300 hectare fire south of Port Macquarie on the Mid-North Coast continues to threaten properties in Forster and Tuncurry, with at least one home destroyed.
NSW Rural Fire Service said the fire burning in the area around The Lakes Way and Failford Road at Darawank has spread today (October 27) towards the coast.
The fire is burning in a northerly direction towards Hallidays Point, Corrigan and Black Head.
Conditions have continued to ease, with a decrease in fire activity and there is no immediate threat to properties.
It's been pretty full on. We had it on four sides. I've never gone through this before and I never want to again.Andrew O'Sullivan
Residents in the Hallidays Point, Corrigan, Tallwoods Village, Black Head, Red Head and Diamond Beach areas are advised to be aware of burning embers.
Firefighters will continue work to slow the spread of the fire. The fire is producing large amounts of smoke, which may affect the Pacific Highway north of Failford.
Failford Road remains closed between the Pacific Highway and Lakes Way. Blackhead Rd is closed. These will be assessed and may reopen through the day.
The Lakes Way is being reopened between Failford Road and Aquatic Road, noting that this will be reassessed through the day.
Evacuation centres have been set up in Tuncurry and Taree.
The Failford Road fire at Darawank has been downgraded to Watch and Act. The fire has spread quickly today under strong and gusty winds. This shows how the fire has burnt to the coast. The fire at Tuncurry can be seen to the south. #nswrfs#nswfirespic.twitter.com/kF1srrAz5r— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) October 26, 2019
Other fires are burning in the Tuncurry and Minimbah areas.
The Minimbah Road fire, which has has been burning for more than week, broke containment lines as a result of strong and gusty winds on Saturday, October 26.
The fire crossed the river and now is burning in bushland on the western side of Tuncurry.
Andrew O'Sullivan, whose five-acre property on the edge of the Tuncurry township is covered in rainforest, said he'd been "right in the guts" of the blaze.
He said cabbage tree palms had been exploding and the heat of the fire "literally melted the pots off the plants" in a nearby nursery.
"It looks like Armageddon," he told AAP on Saturday.
"It's been pretty full on. We had it on four sides. I've never gone through this before and I never want to again."
He said keeping his home safe would have been very challenging without help from firefighters and friends.
Photographer Shane Chalker said he was shooting images of a bushfire before the word went out that his family were among those on his street being evacuated.
He stayed behind to put out spot fires.
"A friend was here helping me, hosing the roof," he told AAP.
"The embers were raining down on us pretty hard (and) the firebombing plane was going non-stop for a few hours."'
Tuncurry resident Sue said her property "being rained on with the charcoal and debris".
Meanwhile the Mount George fire also is burning out of control and is more than 200 hectares in size.
With a forecast wind change, the fire may move more to the north.
- with AAP
Hastings fire update
Wauchope Rural Fire brigade along with Lake Cathie, Sancrox/Thrumster, North Shore, Long Flat, Beechwood and Camden Haven crews attended the fire along the Oxley Highway west of Mt Seaview.
Due to fire impacting the highway and trees falling across the road, the highway between Walcha and Bago at Wauchope remains closed.
A 40 hectare fire at Bril Bril and a two hectare fire at Rawdon Island are being controlled.